Odorizzi, Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teams

Thu Nov 14 5:16pm ET
By RONALD BLUM
AP Baseball Writer

Players: Neil Walker, Colby Rasmus, Jeremy Hellickson, Brett Anderson, Matt Wieters, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi, Will Smith, Anthony Rendon, Zack Wheeler, Marcell Ozuna, Hyun-Jin Ryu

New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Texas Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels speaks during a media availability at the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Tampa Bay Rays senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Erik Neander speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman Jose Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home following their four-day annual meeting.

Using the threat to accept San Francisco's offer, reliever Will Smith became the first of the 168 free agents to switch teams, agreeing Thursday to a $40 million, three-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Just 10 free agents received the offers on Nov. 4, and their former teams will receive draft-pick compensation if they sign elsewhere. Players who did not accept included pitchers Gerrit Cole (Houston), Stephen Strasburg (Washington), Zack Wheeler (New York Mets) and Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco) along with third basemen Anthony Rendon (Washington) and Josh Donaldson (Atlanta) and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (St. Louis).

Qualifying offers began after the 2012 season, and only eight of 90 offers have been accepted. The others were Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson after the 2015 season; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker and Philadelphia pitcher Jeremy Hellickson following the 2016 season; and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu last offseason.

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